BATEKE FETISH FIGURES 1, DRC

Despite their appearance, the fetishes below show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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Bateke
Fetish 1
26" high
$800 

Bateke
Fetish 2
24.5" high
$600 

Bateke
Fetish 3
27" high
$400 

Bateke
Fetish 4
27.5" high
$500

Bateke
Fetish 5
24" high
$500

 

Bateke
Fetish 6
19" high
$300

Bateke
Fetish 8
19" high
$300

Bateke
Fetish 9
19.5" high
$500

 Bateke
Fetish 10
16.5" high
$400

Bateke
Fetish 13
15.5" high
$500

 Bateke
Fetish 15
14.5" high
$300

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BATEKE, FETISH FIGURES 1, DRC

Fetishes were protective figures used by individuals, families, or whole communities. They were used to destroy or weaken evil spirits, prevent or cure illnesses, repel bad deeds, solemnize contracts or oath-taking, and decide arguments. A diviner or holy person would activate the statue, using magical substances. Fetishes gained power and were effective because people believed in them.

Small Butti figures were individually owned and served to protect or heal. Facial scarification patterns are identical to those of Bateke men. The figures would gain special power by the addition of organic material (Bonga), placed in a cavity in the body or encased in a clay or cloth mantle enclosing most of the body. Many have extra natural objects attached to the figure for an increase in power.

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